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Virginia is Turning “Blue”

February 6, 2018

The Commonwealth of Virginia was once a stalwart conservative state , flawed, but conservative. Capitol of the British Colonies in the Colonial Era, Capitol of the Confederate States during the Civil War and leading the fight for segregation in the 1950s. Virginia was very “Old South” and welcomed the “Southern Strategy” of Richard Nixon in the 1960s.

But Virginia voters now vote “Blue” for State officers and in Presidential elections. State executive offices are solid Democrat.  The new Governor is a “high tax” Leftist, Ralph Northam, who succeeded Clinton friend and former DNC Chairman, Terry McAuliffe. The State’s U.S. Senators are Democrats, John Warner and Tim Kaine.

The General Assembly and Senate are controlled by Republicans, but Republican control of the State Senate hangs on one vote that was won by casting dice. The General Assembly has 51 Republicans to 49 Democrats.

The U.S. House of Representatives also reveals a split between Dems and the GOP. Northern Virginia is becoming dominant.

Other parts of the state are “conservative.”

In the far West (Virginia’s longitude the same as Detroit) is Roanoke and Abington. Richmond’s Dave Brat is a former college economics teacher who upset Republican House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor, in 2014. Bob Goodlate, also from the Richmond area, has announced his retirement.  Scott Taylor is a former Navy Seal and represents Norfolk which is impacted by the Norfolk Naval Station, Little Creek (home of the Navy Seals) and other military installations. Hampton Roads, has a heavy concentration of African Americans, and is the only region with a concentration of Catholic citizens. French nobles fleeing the Terror in the French Revolution escaped to Norfolk. The Catholic Bishops of Richmond tend to be very Left of center advocates of “Social Justice.”

Here’s a ranking of Virginia’s Congressional members published today by the Family Research Council that shows how Virginia’s Congressional Delegation is split ideologically.

Rep. Don Beyer (D)—————–0%       Alexandria, VA

Rep. Dave Brat (R) —————100%         Richmond, VA

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R)——78%        Sterling, VA

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D)——— 11%        Annandale, VA

Rep. Thomas Garrett (R)——-100%        Charlottesville, VA

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R)———100%         Roanoke, VA

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R)——- 100%        Abington, CA

Rep. Donald McEachin (D)——- 0%         Suffolk, VA

Rep. Bobby Scott (D)—————-0%        Newport News, VA

Rep. Scott Taylor (R)————-100%         Norfolk, VA

Rep. Rob Wittman (R)———–100%         Richmond, VA

Two Members (Beyer and Connolly) represent Districts in important cities adjacent to DC. Two  other hail from “Hampton Roads” in southern Virginia. Though seven Members are “good” Republicans, the power of Northern Virginia’s concentration of U.S. government employees is taking its toll. Barbara Comstock hails from Sterling in Northern Virginia and is likely to lose her seat in 2018.

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